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The AHS Top 10: Best “Smart Home” Voice-Control Devices

The AHS Top 10: Best “Smart Home” Voice-Control Devices

Wondering what the thermostat is set on, but you really don’t want to get out of bed? Wishing the TV was on in the background while you cook, but you’re already elbow deep in the mixing bowl? Have no fear — voice-controlled home automation devices are here. The selection appears to grow every month; however, here’s our latest list of the top 10 “smart home” voice-controlled devices.

1. Vocca Light

Forget clapping; voice-controlled lights are where it’s at. And they’re easier to obtain than you may think. Vocca is a plug-and-play gadget that works straight from the box. In fact, it’s as easy to set up as it is to change a lightbulb. The best part? It can recognize your voice commands from up to 15 feet away.

2. Ivee Sleek

Speaking of 15 feet away, Ivee Sleek’s microphone can pick up commands from that distance, as well. And we’re not just talking about adjusting the thermostat. Want to create a new playlist? Schedule a ride with Uber? Ivee Sleek can handle it.

3. Jibo

The Jibo goes beyond connecting to your smart devices. Its built-in, high-resolution cameras (that recognize and track faces, might we add) can also capture pictures and enable video calling, too.

4. Athom Homey

Live in a multi-lingual household? You can take advantage of home voice control, too! The Athom Homey’s unique ability to understand commands in several languages makes it stand above the competition.

5. LG Vacuum Cleaner

No, we won’t judge you for talking to your vacuum cleaner. Especially if it’s one that can perform different cleaning patterns, such as spot cleaning those extra dirty areas, with a simple command.

6. Mycroft

Mycroft doesn’t simply lock the doors or switch on the lights. It can actually sync up with your streaming services, such as Netflix, and stream the content right on your Roku or Chromecast.

7. Samsung Smart TV

Tired of looking for the remote? Too lazy to get up and push buttons on the back of the TV? No problem. Samsung’s Smart TV allows you to control it — including apps like Netflix — without lifting a finger.

8. Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat With Voice Control

This device goes beyond the typical learning thermostat — it can actually expand its “command vocabulary” based on interactions with you.

9. Amazon Echo

Alexa is going to become your new best friend. We just know it. Can she play music? Sure. Answer questions and tell you the news and weather? Of course. Control your lights, thermostat, etc.? Easy.

10. Apple Homekit

Of course we couldn’t talk about home voice control without mentioning Siri. After all, she basically pioneered our voice-activated obsession, right? With Homekit, you can control all your smart devices at one time, ensuring a unified home environment. What’s more, you don’t even have to be home to have control. Just ask Siri to handle everything.

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

NextHome Brandywine is the Newest NextHome Brokerage

(clockwise from top right) Pete O’Brien, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pizzi and Vince Tallercio

Pleasanton, CA — October 19, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Brandywine. The brokerage represents the eighth location opened in the state of Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Brandywine will be owned and operated by business partners Dan Pizzi, Mike Schmidt, Pete O’Brien, and Vince Taliercio. Dan will be the managing partner handling the day-to-day operations for the brokerage. Mike will be in charge of all financials and compliance issues. Pete will be responsible for business development and public relations for the company, while Vince will serve as the broker of record.

The brokerage will provide real estate services such as single-family residential sales, first-time home buyers, rehab and resale property listings, investment sales, and land sales for buyers and sellers for the cities of Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Pottstown and the counties of Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The relationships formed back in 2004 when Dan and Pete worked together in the telecommunications industry at MCI WorldCom. For three years they worked at the company with Dan as a Project Manager and Pete handling sales.

As the market changed with the economic downturn in 2007, Dan pivoted towards home sales with his family’s background in the real estate industry. His cousin owned a Century 21 office, so Dan started selling real estate part time.

In 2013, Dan and Pete reunited once again at Communications Test Design Inc. The friends worked together for two years before they were caught in another round of downsizing.

“After being part of another round of layoffs, I knew that I was ready to take control of my own destiny and get into real estate full time,” said Dan.

From 2016 to 2018, both Pete and Dan worked at Weichert Real Estate. Working their sphere of influence and using sales skills from their previous career, the partners did very well and were two of the better selling REALTORS® in the area.

After two years of selling as agents at a brokerage, Dan and Pete were ready to go out on their own and open their real estate company.

“We had the opportunity to purchase an existing brokerage, but after exploring all of our options, NextHome was the right fit for our new brokerage,” said Pete.

In 2011, Dan met Vince who was looking to open his own office at that time. They stayed in touch over the years. When it came time to open NextHome Brandywine, Dan reached out to have Vince be the broker of record.

“Vince has the well-rounded knowledge of not only the real estate compliance, but also how to manage a business,” said Dan. “Vince is skilled in multiple ways that will be huge in helping out our company.”

“With Mike, we have a business partner with an attention to detail like no other,” added Dan. “His strength is providing business insight into our brokerage unlike anyone else I know. Just his thought process brings a level that really charts the course for NextHome Brandywine.”

Please join us in congratulating Dan, Pete, Mike, Vince, and the rest of the team at NextHome Brandywine on the opening of their new NextHome office in Downingtown, PA!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Closes Biggest Transaction in the Franchise’s History

NextHome Closes Biggest Transaction in the Franchise’s History

Orli Rudolph (left) and DJ Khaled (right)

High-profile artist, producer and social media star, DJ Khaled, added another win to his list of successes with his recently purchased 12,750-square-feet Miami Beach mansion. Represented by one of our NextHomies, the hip-hop icon’s new home is the biggest transaction closed by a member of our franchise.

Listed at $25.9 million, the lavish waterfront property features a total of nine bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms—including a five-bedroom main house, four-bedroom guest house, safe room, outdoor shower, home theater, elevator, and a swimming pool nearly 80 feet long. Khaled was able to scoop up the listing for only $21.8 million.

Our very own Orli Rudolph from the Rudolph & Jerry Team with NextHome Realty Professionals represented Khaled on this deal. Born in South Beach and raised in North Miami Beach, Orli has a keen awareness and unparalleled intuition of Miami’s luxury real estate market.

Orli and her business partner, Matthew Jerry, joined the Ft. Lauderdale-based office in early 2017. Prior to joining NextHome Realty Professionals, the team spent five years building a client base that has resulted in hundreds of happy homeowners and lifelong friendships.

Orli has a strong reputation for professionalism, commitment and has helped numerous clients invest, buy, sell and rent properties.

Please join us in congratulating Orli Rudolph on closing the largest transaction thus far for our NextHome franchise!

Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Zillow Group: Friend or Foe?

Zillow Group: Friend or Foe?

When it comes to Zillow Group, there seems to be a lot of fear and anger in our industry and it has been this way since the company launched in 2004. I experienced this first hand while working on the portal side of the business, starting with Realtor.com in 2003 and leaving Trulia in 2014. What I learned during these years has provided me insight into what the consumer needs and demands, as well as the fears of real estate professionals across the country.

Fear in business can be dangerous and detrimental. Some of us pull old quotes from Zillow executives and use them today to justify our concerns. Have we never changed course in our business or personal lives? Is it wrong for Zillow to shift direction? If the plan is not working, then perhaps the plan should change but not the goal.

One thing is certain: Zillow has never been shy about their goal of giving power to the people when it comes to making the best decision on the single greatest investment of their life. It’s not as complicated as we have made it over the last several decades. Instead of seeing them as a threat, why not look at Zillow Group as a way to learn and adopt what is working?

Yes, you could ignore them or pull your data as a way to fight against them. The reality is Zillow Group has captured over two-thirds of the total market share of online real estate shoppers and has more than double the audience of Realtor.com, the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®. We used to pay at least five times more for this kind of reach in print advertising without any guarantees readers would even flip to the real estate section. And don’t even get me started on TV or Super Bowl commercials.

NextHome’s leadership team understands that change is inevitable, but transformation is optional. And we choose transformation.

We are focused on transforming the franchise model into something fun and desirable; our franchise owners and their offices into a profitable and enticing place to work; and our agents into the most valuable part of the transaction, so there are no objections at closing time when the commission is paid.

We are also focused on transforming our relationship with industry partners, such as Zillow Group, so our agents and franchise owners are one of the first to be called upon when our partners want to try something new.

Especially if it means we can hold Zillow accountable for providing a service that will need to be successful if they want to get paid. And why shouldn’t they? After all, they are consuming all the financial risk to position themselves as the most visited real estate site in the world. How is it any different than hiring Cartus or paying another broker for a referral, except in this case the referring company is Zillow?

Is this a risky move? Of course! But it becomes a shared risk and without risk, there would be no progress. And without progress, we will not transform into the best version of ourselves.

6 Ways to Go Outside Your Comfort Zone for Real Estate Success

6 Ways to Go Outside Your Comfort Zone for Real Estate Success

Many seasoned sales professionals suggest shaking things up now and then, and venturing outside of your comfort zone in order to go from a good sales person to a great sales person. It is an exercise that can help you break that sales plateau and expand into techniques you may not have thought of before. But there is an art to stepping outside of your safe zone effectively.

When it comes to professional growth, sometimes change can be a valuable ally. This can mean shifting your approach to gaining new business, reexamining your relationships with current clients, or possibly venturing into new real estate markets.

Yet despite the potential benefits of entering unknown or unfamiliar territory, it can be challenging to know how or where to start. Here are six ways to challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone.

1. Take a look at what you’re doing now

Many times, the best way to challenge yourself is to take a look at your current situation. What are your approaches to building your business? How about your strategies for developing your client relationships?  If you find that your professional path has become overly familiar, it may be a sign to explore new tactics.

2. Get inspired by new ideas

Do you have a colleague who seems to have a great plan for growing their business? Or a friend in another industry who is up-to-date on technology and other resources? Don’t hesitate to ask others for their insights and advice. Increasing your exposure to new ideas in books, podcasts, blogs and more, can also help prepare you to take on new challenges.

3. Make a plan

Instead of plunging immediately into unknown waters, take time to develop a plan. Creating an outline of what you want to achieve, what you’d like to change, and how you see yourself attaining the best end results, can help you stay on track.

4. Explore different markets

Perhaps you’ve reached your sweet spot with a certain real estate market or clientele. While it’s great to keep a good thing going, you may be missing out on opportunities to expand into areas with strong growth potential. Look into neighborhoods that you may have overlooked in the past, or try researching groups of buyers or sellers who may be new to you.

5. Take on unfamiliar situations

Is there a course or networking event you’ve been curious about but have avoided due to a lack of familiarity with the subject? Or maybe there’s a professional area that you’ve wanted to improve upon (such as giving presentations or hosting educational seminars). Despite the discomfort that can come with tackling potentially uncomfortable situations, taking them head-on can help boost your confidence, knowledge and skill set.

6. Don’t be afraid to experiment

It’s hard to get new plans off the ground without giving them a chance. And, sometimes this can mean experimenting with different approaches or ideas. Give yourself the time to try out something new then observe and record what happens. Sometimes the best results can come from the most unlikely situations or sources.

Another way to go outside of your professional comfort zone is to take a look at resources that you may not have considered before, like American Home Shield® Home Warranties. Consider advising your clients on the benefits of getting coverage from AHS. They have plans that help protect homebuyers and sellers’ budgets and over 21 appliances and home system components from the costs of unexpected breakdowns.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.

NextHome Beach Time Realty Opens Second Franchised Location

NextHome Beach Time Realty Opens Second Franchised Location

Annie Fleeting

Pleasanton, CA — September 21, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Beach Time Realty – Redington Beach Branch. This is the franchise’s 46th location in the state of Florida.

Owned and operated by Annie Fleeting, the Redington Beach brokerage will provide residential real estate sales and vacation rental property management services to the Pinellas County area including the cities of Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, and Tierra Verde.

This is her second franchised location as she found Fall 2018 to be the right time to expand. Fleeting opened her first NextHome office in December 2015.

“Building on the success of our St. Pete Beach office, we found a location a few beaches north that we felt had the visibility and potential to extend our reach, both for sales revenue and for our property management and vacation rental division,” said Fleeting.

“The Redington Beach area is a large second home and vacation rental market. It is also home to some of the highest single-family home values in our marketplace,” she added.

“It is so exciting to be part of something bigger. We tell people that NextHome is the ‘Google’ of real estate. There is no question the NextHome brand is getting notice in our county with three of the offices in the Top 100 out of 799 offices being NextHome locations – soon to be four!”

Real estate has been a family affair for Fleeting. In 1971, her father started a property management company, Carteret Management Corporation, in the heart of Pinellas County. Working in the family business, Fleeting’s involvement helped grow the company into what it is today. The company is currently owned and operated by Fleeting’s brother, Jim, and is responsible for managing 4,000 units.

As Fleeting was working in the Tampa area, she met her future husband, Robert.

The couple moved to Robert’s home country of Scotland in 1986 and built a successful property development company. Their developments included nightclubs, hotels, and 12 shopping centers. In 1996, the Fleetings sold all of their existing developments in Scotland and moved back to the United States.

In 2001, the Fleetings returned to the property development business – this time making a mark in the northern Florida market. Along with other partners, the couple formed Coral Point Homes – a development group that built more than $100 million in multi-family housing, primarily in Pinellas County.

The Fleetings started a real estate brokerage, Beach Time Realty, in 2010 to service the needs of homeowners who wanted to turn existing housing into vacation rentals. As the market improved, Beach Time Realty helped those same property owners sell and re-invest into new properties. In 2014, Beach Time Realty sold over $12 million in real estate property.

With over 70 properties under property management and sales volume increasing, Fleeting knew it was time to grow her brokerage and franchising with NextHome made the most sense.

“NextHome Beach Time Realty has a level of service that is unique to our market,” said Fleeting. “We help investors evaluate their investment purchase in both rental income opportunities and negotiating a fair purchase price. We are able to help acquire the property, manage tenant relationships, and help the property owner re-sell and re-invest.”

“Our level of service is top notch,” added Fleeting. “In fact, I still have the very first client I ever worked with AND the very first tenant I ever rented to. These relationships are built on a long-term commitment to great service.”

“I have been fortunate enough to meet Annie in person and she is an exceptional addition to the NextHome franchise,” said NextHome CEO, James Dwiggins. “She has a proven track record of running profitable businesses in the real estate space.”

When not selling real estate, Fleeting enjoys spending time with Robert and their four children and five grandchildren. Avid soccer fans, the Fleetings were the owners of the Premier League soccer team, Kilmarnock FC, from 1989-1996.

Please join us in congratulating Annie, Robert, and the rest of their team at NextHome Beach Time Realty on their second NextHome office location!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Launches NextHome Liberty in Victorville, CA

NextHome Launches NextHome Liberty in Victorville, CA

Frank Vizcarra (left) and Jacob Solis (right)

Pleasanton, CA — September 13, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Liberty. The brokerage represents the 59th location opened in California for the NextHome franchise.

The company will be owned and operated by business partners Frank Vizcarra and Jacob Solis. Frank will handle the operations and serve as the broker of record for the company, while Jacob will handle all financial aspects for the brokerage.

Based in Victorville, NextHome Liberty will provide real estate services such as single family residential sales, first-time home buyers, short sales, foreclosures, multi-family, luxury, military, and relocation services in Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Oak Hills, Phelan, Rancho Cucamonga, and the remainder of San Bernardino County.

Frank and Jacob met each other while working at RealtyOne Real Estate in 2016. Jacob (licensed since 2010) and Frank (licensed in 2014) were both high-producing individual agents when they happened to work on the same real estate deal together.

Seeing what a great partnership they could be, Jacob joined Frank’s team in April 2017.

“With us working together and closing over 50 transactions a year, we thought it might be worth finding out more about just opening our own company,” said Frank.

Looking at the REALTOR® Magazine Franchise Ranking Report, they saw NextHome among the fastest growing companies in real estate. After talking with the NextHome sales team, they knew the franchise was the perfect partner.

“We want to continue providing first-class service for all of our clients,” said Jacob. “NextHome provides the national level support that matches our commitment to our client-focused business model.”

When not selling real estate, Jacob and Frank are all about two things: Family and Los Angeles Lakers basketball.

Frank and his girlfriend, Christina, have a blended family of two children – their seven-year-old son Mason and four-year-old daughter Miley.

Jacob and his wife, Lisa, have three daughters – eight-year-old Kori, six-year-old Abby, and two-year-old Maggie.

Please join us in congratulating Frank, Jacob and the rest of the team at NextHome Liberty on the opening of their brand new NextHome office in Victorville, CA!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Specialists Continues Regional Expansion

NextHome Specialists Continues Regional Expansion

Thomas Shumpert

Pleasanton, CA — September 11, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Specialists – Mount Pleasant Branch. The brokerage represents the eighth office location opened in the state of South Carolina for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will be led by owner/operator and broker of record Thomas Shumpert. He will be joined on the leadership team by REALTOR® Market Manager, Kendall Koste. This will be Thomas’ fourth office opening in the past two years. Other NextHome Specialists offices are located in Columbia, Chapin, and Lexington.

The brokerage will provide services such as first-time home buyer representation, investor purchases, multi-family purchases and sales, land representation, condominium purchases, senior housing needs, and new construction.

The Mount Pleasant brokerage will provide residential real estate services to the areas of Mount Pleasant, Summerville, James Island, Johns Island, and the remainder of the Greater Charleston Area.

In 2016, Shumpert opened his first NextHome franchised brokerage in Columbia, SC. After an impressive year in the Columbia location, he felt it was time to expand his territory to accommodate the growth of the business. In September of 2017, he opened his second office location in Lexington and began expansion. Just one month later, he opened the Chapin branch with business partner Terri Scheper.

With the increase in business referrals to the Mount Pleasant area, Thomas felt it was the right time to expand with a new location.

“I’m thrilled to be in business with someone like Kendall,” said Thomas. “As a top producer in the Charleston market, and coming from one of the largest brokerages in the area, having Kendall on our team has me confident our NextHome Specialists office will be very successful, very soon.”

Now in four locations, NextHome Specialists has over 30 talented agents spread throughout the region.

Please join us in congratulating Thomas, Kendall and the team at NextHome Specialists on their fourth NextHome office location!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Dynamic opens in Pennsylvania

NextHome Dynamic opens in Pennsylvania

Heidi Powell

Pleasanton, CA — September 5, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Dynamic. The brokerage represents the seventh office location opened in the state of Pennsylvania for the NextHome franchise.

The office also represents the 300th location launched by the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will be led by owner/operator and broker of record Heidi Powell. She will handle all day-to-day operations and provide agent support for the brokerage. Heidi is a long-time REALTOR® and one of the most productive agents in the state of Pennsylvania. The brokerage currently has six licensed agents, a Director of Operations (Toni Wicks), and a “Marketing Maven.”

NextHome Dynamic is based in Freeport and is located 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. The borough is home to approximately 5,000 residents and is on the corner of four different counties. The brokerage will serve the residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland, and Butler counties. The area is known for its Freeport school district which is one of the highest rated districts around.

The brokerage will provide services such as first-time home buyer representation, investor purchases, multi-family purchases and sales, land representation, condominium purchases, senior housing needs, and new construction. Several agents at the brokerage are investors and bring a unique understanding of investor needs.

Heidi has been in real estate since 2008. She came into the business at a time when many people were getting out of the industry. Previous to real estate, Heidi came from a background of business development for contractors, which has helped her provide value to her real estate clients ever since.

In her very first year, Heidi earned Rookie of The Year honors from her local Century 21 brokerage and by year two, she was the top agent for the entire company, averaging more than 30 transactions annually. As the top producer for the brokerage, over the next few years Heidi looked to move into an ownership role for a company of her own.

“I wanted to be in a leadership role working alongside others, rather than just working independent,” said Heidi. “I knew a lot of great agents who I wanted to mentor and help become an incredible asset to our community. Owning my own brokerage would allow me to follow that dream.”

In 2013, Heidi opened her own brokerage under the RE/MAX franchise. By providing a unique, fun, and vibrant culture to the local real estate industry, Heidi felt her brokerage brought a different kind of “dynamic” to real estate.

She grew the brokerage to 12 agents selling more than 150 transaction sides, all while still selling in excess of $8 million in annual sales in a market where the average sales price was under $200,000.

In late 2017, Heidi began looking at other franchise options to align her brokerage with as her agreement with RE/MAX was coming to the end of its term.

“I felt it was time to look at other options as I wanted a company that could move quickly to adjust to market conditions and agent needs,” said Heidi. “I was looking for alternatives when I found NextHome.”

“I love NextHome not just for the technology the franchise provides, but the family-feel and the sense of caring for the local communities the NextHome franchisees serve.”

When speaking with Heidi, you’ll note that she mentions working in her community often. She takes pride in being a part of the Freeport community and volunteers for various local events and real estate organizations.

She is a past President of the Greater Allegheny-Kiski Area Board of REALTORS® and served on several charitable events while on the Board.

The NextHome Dynamic agents donate money to the “Dynamic Foundation” with every transaction closed. These funds are voted on by the agents at the end of the year as to how the money will be gifted. In 2017, the company donated money to a local veteran whose house had roof damage which he could not afford to fix. With the water damage causing mold inside the home and creating a health hazard, Heidi and her team hired a contractor to fix the roof, had a mold remediation company come and remove the harmful situation and restore the veteran’s home back to livable condition.

As a broker/owner of a local small business, it was important to her to help in the community, showing gratitude for the local residents.

When not selling real estate, Heidi spends time with her family. She and her husband of 19 years, Jay, have two daughters – McClain (16 years old) and Autumn (14).

Please join us in congratulating Heidi and the rest of the team at NextHome Dynamic on the opening of their new NextHome office in Freeport, PA!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome Living The Northwest opens third franchised location

NextHome Living The Northwest opens third franchised location

(from left to right) Mike Van Dinter, Sheryl Van Dinter, The Davies Team, Jake Humble

Pleasanton, CA — August 31, 2018 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the NextHome franchise – NextHome Living The Northwest – Sandpoint Branch. This will be the third NextHome location opened by the franchisee. NextHome Living The Northwest opened its first location in Post Falls, Idaho in March 2017, and just three months later, they opened their second location in Spokane, Washington.

This branch location of NextHome Living The Northwest will be located in Sandpoint, Idaho. The new office will provide real estate services such as residential sales, investment property sales, land sales, resort properties, and second home sales.

Sandpoint is a destination where many visitors come to ski at one of the nation’s premier ski resorts, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.

All three NextHome Living The Northwest locations sit on or near the Washington/Idaho border and will serve the needs of residents in both states. In Washington, the office will cover Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Mead, and Medical Lake. The Idaho brokerages will cover Sandpoint, Hayden, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Kellogg, Wallace, Post Falls, and Coeur d’Alene.

The NextHome brokerage will be owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Mike and Sheryl Van Dinter.

Mike will be the Designated Broker for the company and will handle the day-to-day operations, while Sheryl will be in charge of the accounting and financial operations.

The Van Dinters found it the right time to expand when they found great agents to join the brokerage. Top-producing REALTOR® Jake Humble, as well as the successful Davies Team, are just a couple of examples of talented agents that are a part of the NextHome Living The Northwest group.

“Jake has been a great addition to our company,” said Mike. “He brings a wealth of knowledge as a local real estate appraiser and has started his sales career very strongly. He’s already a top producer and has really made his mark in the community.”

“Having the husband/wife team of Tom and Lisa Davies as part of the NextHome brokerage will really put NextHome Living The Northwest on the map,” he added. “Their commitment to exceptional marketing and client service is second to none. Sheryl and I are proud to have them as members of our brokerage.”

As real estate investors for nearly 20 years, the Van Dinters have been involved in both commercial and residential real estate.

Realizing he wanted to be more hands-on with the selling process, Mike attained his real estate license in 2014. By being more involved on the sales side, Mike enjoyed it and saw an opportunity.

“The idea of opening our own brokerage really started in 2016,” recalled Mike. “I had just gotten my real estate broker’s license and found it to be the right time to open our own company.”

Knowing they would need to add technology and tools to set the brokerage apart from other local real estate offices. After researching several real estate franchises, the choice was obvious.

“NextHome stood out from the rest by a mile,” said Mike. “Seeing the orange and how effectively the color scheme worked with yard signage worked so well with listings, in addition to all the incredible technology offered by the company… all of it added up to be the right choice for us.”

Additionally, the company will focus on deep relationships with members of the community.

“At NextHome Living The Northwest, it’s about helping families – not pushing files,” added Sheryl.

When not selling real estate, the Van Dinters focus on family.

Married for 43 years, Mike and Sheryl have two children and six grandchildren. Mike has been flying airplanes for nearly five decades and often flies the family to various vacation destinations. They are also Certified Scuba Divers and enjoy time in the water on their boat.

Please join us in congratulating Mike, Sheryl, and the rest of their team at NextHome Living The Northwest for the opening of their third NextHome office!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

 

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.